Poll: Romney leads Obama among veterans
May 28th, 2012
08:45 AM ET
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Poll: Romney leads Obama among veterans

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take a campaign break to pay tribute on Memorial Day, a poll released Monday indicates the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has a big lead over Obama among veterans.

Fifty-eight percent of veterans support Romney, while 34% back the president, according to a new Gallup survey.

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In recent weeks, polls have indicated significant gender gap between Obama and Romney, with woman more favorable to the president and men leaning more towards Romney.

Interestingly, the new poll shows that Romney's male advantage may be attributed to his lead among veterans, given that one in four men in the United States have served in the military. When taking into account only non-veteran men, Obama and Romney are essentially tied, the poll shows.

Among non-veterans overall (both men and women), however, Obama holds a four-percentage point advantage, 48%-44%, over his Republican rival.

Neither Romney nor Obama have military records, making the 2012 election the first race with non-veterans as candidates since the 1944 showdown between Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey.

To commemorate the holiday, Romney makes an appearance Monday with Sen. John McCain at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in San Diego, California, while President Barack Obama attends ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

Gallup pulled its data from its daily tracking survey between April 11 and May 24, with a random sample of 43,352 adults questioned by telephone. Of the sample, 7,133 were veterans. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

- CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. xtl


    "After all, his administration believes all military, active, retired, and past members are terrorists."

    Please provide proof in the way of actions taken by the POTUS or words spoken by the POTUS that support this allegation..

    May 28, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. John

    I'm a vet and I support Obama hands down. To all those who say Obama is "out to destroy our way of life", what are you talking about exactly? What way of life? Do you mean he wants the wealthy to stop getting even more tax benefits at your expense so they can deepen and widen the rift between the "haves" and the "have-nots"? Or do you mean your way of life where the non-white males are the elite and the rest of society is 2nd tier? I'm just not following your Chicken-Little like cries of "he's destroying our way of life!!!!"

    I suggest you stop listening to Rush's negative, derogatory spew and blather and take a closer look at what's actually going on.

    May 28, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Sylvia

    I don't ever believe Gallup polling where President Obama is concerned. If Gallup knew what they were doing Hillary would have won in the primary and McCain the presidency. Whenever a weekend is involved in the polling, Gallup is always biased against President Obama. These numbers don't match other polling.

    May 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. theoldfool1950

    I am stunned. Obama has not fully saved our butts from the mess Bush and his chronies put us into, but he has done a sterling job as Commander in Chief. We are out of Iraq, and Obama has done more to save the lives of soldiers than any president since Nixon who ended the Vietnam War. We got Bin Laden – no casualties except a helicopter, we made the biggest contribution in the killing of Ghaddafi – no casualties, we rescue a sea captain captured by pirates – no casualties. Wake up,guys, Bush/Cheney and their party are responsible for so much loss for people in military service and they have done it with virtual impunity. I am a US Navy vet (68-72) who has been watching very closely. Plenty of vets voted for the chicken hawk GW Bush, and over two veterans who spent time in Vietnam as Bush pulled his strings to avoid active combat service. Did we miss that one? I didnt. Romney can hawk it up all he wants but neither he nor his 5 sons served. Remember which party sent you to war with little disregard for your lives or your families. Remember which party is responsbile for the deaths of your friends and your own incapacity caused by being sent off to some stinkhole for no good reason other than to line their greedy pockets. I say to my fellow vets, do not be swift boated by the military industrial complex. On this Memorial Day remember who is responsible for those losses and hold them accountable.

    May 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Cali grandma

    I doubt if that's true. No vet I have talked to, and I know many, are voting for Romney.
    This is just another attempt by the media to insure drama up to the election.
    Pretty sick, CNN.

    May 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Cal

    I find it odd that so many people give our current president all the credit actions taken after TEN YEARS of investigation/searching ( often obtained through harsh interrogation like water-boarding). As I once heard recently,even Carter would have given the "go ahead"
    to our brave personnel to eliminate the poor misguided creep. Back in school, I learned that this kind of "selective memory" was propaganda. See the forest for the trees,people.

    May 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Eric

    I am a VET and think Romney is a very BAD choice. He does not care about VET's, unless they are rich.

    May 28, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Chedar

    Veterans are bunch of old men. Eventually they will die out and the republicans party will also perish.

    May 28, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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